Tuesday, June 1, 2021
Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Update Feb 25th, 2021: PPOW Gallery has posted the video of this event on Vimeo. This December 10, 2020 reading with John Keene and Eileen Myles was a kind of belated book party for the publication of Wite Out: Love and Work, a reprise of the 2011 book party at PPOW for Wite Out's prequel, The Public Gardens: Poems and History.
At this event on December 10, 2020, John and Eileen read their own work (Eileen's most recent publication is For Now; John's new book of poems is due out soon). They also read some selections from Wite Out. They chose excerpts from my book that are too private for me to read aloud in public, and it was moving to hear those poems/passages in their voices.
I think we were all surprised at how warm and interesting the evening turned out to be. (Of course it would have been a different kind of event if the November election had turned out differently.) You can watch and listen to the readings and our conversation here. (I mentioned John's blog in our talk, I think; I've learned so much from reading his posts on art, literature, and much more. You can find that here.)
Thursday, January 16, 2020
From Old Notebooks
Sunday, July 7, 2019
Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Sunday, April 7, 2019
Friday, August 10, 2018
"We love to be with us."
-- Bill Corbett, "Columbus Square Journal"
Begin in Blue
The blue of her robe . . . reads above all as a flat silhouetted shape—a deep infinite midnight blue, large enough to lose ourselves in . . . this very dark blue creates unparalleled effects . . . almost of hypnotic trance; it is as though we are being invited to worship not so much the Madonna as the Blue. - Timothy Hyman, Sienese Painting
A grove: a stand of trees with little or no undergrowth—So here’s the floor, all clear and still, a thicket—“cold hell”
Added September 3, 2018: Stan Mir's recollections of Bill in Hyperallergic.
August 19, 2018: "There's no one I learned more from, not only about poetry, but also about how to live and how to be a good person,' said Fred Moten, a poet and critic who teaches at NYU." Boston Globe obituary
Here you can read Thomas Devaney's Rain Taxi interview with Bill.
And: "'Every day is poetry day': Remembering Bill Corbett," Sean Cole / pretty radio / WBUR.
"Already fall's harsher / light cuts blown / leaf shadows into / sharp patterns. / There are fewer mornings / attending to the all / important loss column." - William Corbett, "September Song"
"Begin in Blue" was published in Ambush, a literary magazine, in 2014.